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Cruz’s Bronx school visit canceled after student walkout threat

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz‘s planned visit to a school in the Bronx was canceled after students threatened a walkout if the Texas senator came, the New York Daily News reported.

Cruz was scheduled to speak at Bronx Lighthouse College Preparatory Academy, but students at the school wrote a letter to the principal asking that she not allow Cruz to come.

 

“We told her if he came here, we would schedule a walkout,” said Destiny Domeneck, 16.

“Most of us are immigrants or come from immigrant backgrounds. Ted Cruz goes against everything our school stands for.”

The letter explained that a group of students would leave during the fourth period as “an act of civil disobedience in regards to the arrival of Ted Cruz to BLCPA.” It said that the act would be the students’ opportunity to “stand up for our community and future.”

“We have all considered the consequences of our actions and are willing to accept them,” the letter said.

“The presence of Ted Cruz and the ideas he stands for are offensive.”

The letter also called Cruz “misogynistic, homophobic and racist.”

“He has used vulgar language, gestures, and profanity directed at a scholar and staff members, along with harassing and posing threats to staff and scholars according to the Disciplinary Referral slip,” the letter said.

“This is not to be taken kiddingly or as a joke. We are students who feel the need and right to not be passive to such disrespect.”

In response to the letter, the CEO of Lighthouse Academies agreed to cancel the visit.

“I’d like to commend you and the other students for your commitment to your beliefs and values,” Lighthouse principal Alix Duggins wrote in a response. “I believe that I would not have been able to get the visit cancelled without your actions.”

Cruz is campaigning in New York ahead of the April 19 primary. He was in the Bronx campaigning on Wednesday.

Source: The Hill

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